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    Default Why bicycle shorts are always black ???

    I wonder why ? Any idea ?

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    To boil your eggs faster on sunny days.

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    Hey, they reveal enough as it is!
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    Default Re: Why bicycle shorts are always black ???

    In case the seat is dirty, and it will look bad with the tight fitting shorts.

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    Want to see my pink ones ? j/k haha

    I've seen some non black ones...

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    Default Re: Why bicycle shorts are always black ???

    Maybe it's more resistant to sun damage (a la carbon black in car tires)?

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    Default Re: Why bicycle shorts are always black ???

    It's to hide the chain lube you wipe on them after changing a flat

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    Default Re: Why bicycle shorts are always black ???

    Blue seems to be a more common choice around here. The guys I see riding usually have the "sponsor" shirt w/matching shorts.

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    Because black matches with any of the fancy neon lycra tops they have. You want to look cute right?!

    *shrug* I've been biking (BMX and Mountain) since a tot and I'm part of the Anti-Spandex Brigade. lol but I'm one of the extreme riders and wearing black spandex shorts to the dirt jumps or hopping off the ski lift to bomb down a hill will get me beat up.

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    Tell -

    Cycling shorts are almost always black or a dark color because a dark color minimizes shadows and the subsequent appearance of certain, um, 'apparatus.'

    And Show -

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    Ewwwww....Thread killer!!!

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    They aren't! I have blue, green and red ones. Choice of specific colour is urged however other "budgie smuggling" is not so sureptitious.

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    funny pic, Cosine!

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    For many years all teams had to ride 'black only' cycling shorts...otherwise they could not race...this has now changed, but kinda stuck a bit...

    The worst was the 'blue jeans' look...yes it looked like you had a pair of jeans on...

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    Default Re: Why bicycle shorts are always black ???

    cosine: That is exactly what I thought.

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    Nicely explained, but the graphics are a bit, uhhhh, graphic!

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    I learn something new everyday on this forum.

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    TD, are you on that stand?

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    Default Re: Why bicycle shorts are always black ???

    What i find particularly funny about this picture is seeing the 3 cyclist on the right with their faces partially covered by the black line. I normally associate them with criminals, i wonder what this picture is trying to suggest?



    Quote Originally Posted by cosine
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    Cycling shorts are almost always black or a dark color because a dark color minimizes shadows and the subsequent appearance of certain, um, 'apparatus.'

    And Show -


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    Str Re: Why bicycle shorts are always black ???

    Quote Originally Posted by greenLED
    TD, are you on that stand?
    As I always do, I ran that image through the national archives and located the real picture. TD is the 3rd from the right!! OMG!!




    just playing wit'cha TD!
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    You guys are hillarious, I've never thought it can be this fun. I got busy the last couple days, now I got difficulty finding this thread. Moved away so quick.
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    Default Re: Why bicycle shorts are always black ???

    Guys, slightly off topic here but, why do guys NOT wear underwear with these things? I alwayse do and can't fathom wearing one without...

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    Default Re: Why bicycle shorts are always black ???

    eebowler said:

    Guys, slightly off topic here but, why do guys NOT wear underwear with these things? I alwayse do and can't fathom wearing one without...
    Just like the ladies....panty lines.

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    Evilgrin07 Re: Why bicycle shorts are always black ???

    No underwear ? Too hot or too tight ? G-string might help a bit. Don't you think ???? Should we make a vote for sexiest cpfer of the month.....?

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    Default Re: Why bicycle shorts are always black ???

    I used to do a lot of biking back when I was into doing RAGBRI (Regiser's Annual Great Bike Ride Accross Iowa) and have worn those black biking shorts. The reason they are black is to keep your leg muscles warm which helps to keep them from cramping up Thats what I was allways told and it seemed to work.
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    Default Re: Why bicycle shorts are always black ???

    There are several reasons,

    Leaves more to the imagination when it comes to packaging

    Back in the day of leather seats, the die from them would transfer to your shorts. Black shorts would hide the black die and dark brown die was hidden pretty well also.

    Years ago, the US Cycling Federation required cyclists to wear black socks so maybe they required black shorts?

    The reason you don't wear undies under the shorts is you don't want chaffing (bad thing) Wearing cotton undies under the shorts would trap moisture in your crotch negating one of the main reasons to wear synthetic shorts. Cycling short wick away sweat and cotton traps it so wicking is great to keep the frank and beans dry.

    Women tend to wear brightly colored shorts so if anyone wants to post more uhhhh... interesting pictures.... show some women wearing the latest in lighter colors.

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    Just to ease the pain a bit...









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